Church bells throughout the area are scheduled to ring today at noon as part of a “day of healing” from the effects of the tragedy at Mount Carmel.

Waco Mayor Bob Sheehy announced the commemoration Wednesday. He said he hopes it will help area residents deal with the fiery deaths of 86 Branch Davidians, including 17 children.

“I’m hoping everyone will take it as an end to the ordeal as far as the city is concerned,” he said. “Let’s look forward to putting it behind us.”

Churches and synagogues participating in the “day of healing” are:

First United Methodist, First Lutheran, Central Presbyterian, Seventh & James Baptist, First Baptist of Waco, St. Paul’s Episcopal, First Presbyterian and Seventh Day Adventist.

Also, Austin Avenue United Methodist, Western Heights Baptist, Central United Methodist, Calvary Baptist, Temple Rodef Sholom, Agudath Jacob Synagogue, Lakewood Christian and Columbus Avenue Baptist.

Also, St. Francis Catholic, St. Mary’s Catholic, St. Louis Catholic, Holy Spirit Episcopal, Fellowship Bible Church, Highland Baptist, Calvary Assembly of God, First Assembly of God, Lake Shore Drive Church of Christ and St. Alban’s Episcopal.


Read the Tribune-Herald's 7-part investigative series on the inner workings of the Branch Davidians. Hours after Part 2 appeared in print, the ATF raided the group's compound.

Read the Tribune-Herald’s account of the ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound on Feb. 28, 1993. Four ATF agents and six in the compound were killed in the gunfight.

Read the daily news accounts of the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Elk, which began Feb. 28 and lasted until April.

April 19 and beyond: FBI agents began inserting canisters of tear gas into the Branch Davidian compound in the early morning hours. By noon, it was on fire.

Federal officials left the compound site in late May 1993. As identifications of bodies continued, questions about the survivors, the compound and the cult itself began to emerge.

As the world began to take a critical look back at the events and legal proceedings continue, the ATF's bombshell report forces a shakeup at the top after the raid gone "tragically wrong."

In 1994, the surviving Davidians went on trial in San Antonio. Over six weeks, more than 140 witnesses testified, with the verdict coming just two days prior to the anniversary of the ATF raid.

The Rodenville shootout and the 1988 trial, the end of the world in 1959 and more stories from deep in the Trib archives.